Current Events

Olathe rewards superintendent Yeager for DEI, not academic improvement

(The Sentinel) – USD 233 Olathe Superintendent Dr. Brent Yeager can earn a $25,000 annual bonus for implementing the school board’s diversity and other objectives, but not for improving the district’s weak academic performance. Yeager’s five evaluation objectives for the 2021-22 school year are: Navigating the pandemic (30%) Relaunch the Strategic Plan (20%) Diversity and Engagement…

New research unpacks Michigan’s proposed education savings account program

(reimaginED) – Michigan’s tax-credit-funded education savings account program could save state and local governments as much as $386 million a year, according to new research from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. The paper, “Michigan Student Opportunity Scholarships, Overview and Fiscal Analysis,” by Ben DeGrow and Marty Lueken, provides several estimates relating to the program’s cost…

Three middle school boys charged with sexual harassment for not using “preferred” gender pronouns of classmate

Three students at a Wisconsin middle school are being charged with sexual harassment for not using another student’s “preferred” gender pronouns. And the legal organization representing the accused suggests one school official may have been on “a fishing expedition to find evidence of sexual harassment” during interviews that failed to follow the school’s own policies. In…

Eudora girl forced to share a bed with biological male on school-sponsored overseas trip

(The Sentinel) – On a school trip to Costa Rica earlier this month, three female high school students in the Eudora school district were assigned to a two-bed hotel room with a transgender student who is biologically male — meaning one of them would have had to share a bed with the trans student — and…

Policy analysts: Claims of impending Michigan teacher shortage overstated

(The Center Square) – Amid calls from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to remedy a perceived teacher shortage in Michigan, some of the leading policy analysts in the state claim the governor’s “one-size-fits-all approach” is based on faulty premises. Those premises are echoed in a Monday report in the education journal Chalkbeat Detroit. Although he agrees with the…
Current Events, Homeschool May 16th, 2022

Used curriculum sales: 7 ways to homeschool on a budget

Homeschool families tend to have a reputation for being frugal, and for good reason: many of us make financial sacrifices of some sort or another to educate our children at home. As a result, used curriculum sales can provide an excellent way for parents to stretch their educational dollars, support other homeschoolers and build community –…

Prosecutor considers election bribery charge against Hays superintendent

(The Sentinel) – Ellis County Attorney Robert Anderson, Jr. is reviewing the results of an investigation into election bribery by Hays USD 489 Superintendent Ron Wilson. As reported on the Hays Post news service, the allegation surrounds an email sent by Wilson to district staff on April 22nd concerning the May 10 bond issue election, which…
Current Events, School Choice May 16th, 2022

Income tax rebate, education legislation remain for South Carolina Legislature

(The Center Square) – While South Carolina’s regular legislative session ended Thursday, several pieces of legislation are still in the works including an income tax rebate proposal along with a bill to create new educational savings accounts. Those bills, S1087 and S935, reached the point of conference committee and could be ready for when the Legislature…

Residents angry, defiant after this small Kansas town orders ‘In God We Trust’ taken off police cars

There’s been a run on “In God We Trust” car decals this week in the Haven, Kansas area, in defiance of the city council’s vote Monday to remove the slogan from police cars. “A lot of the community members that we ran into have put decals on their own cars that say ‘In God We Trust’,”…
Current Events May 12th, 2022

DeSantis launches National Police Week to honor those in blue

(The Center Square) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued a proclamation declaring the week of May 11-17 as National Police Week. He’s expanded on a tradition begun by former president John F. Kennedy, who in October 1962 first designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. The Florida Capitol will be lit blue all week…